June 2010 (#112)


In this update:

  • Victoria – independent anti-corruption agency?
  • UK Bribery Act passed – strict liability for bribery by corporations
  • Federal FOI Reforms Passed
  • IBA launches Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession project with OECD and UNODC

Victoria – independent anti-corruption agency?

The release of the Proust Report, currently on the table of the Premier Mr Brumby, will encourage further debate about the need for a Victorian independent anti-corruption agency as a standing commission. An article by TI Australia Chairman, Jerrold Cripps,(link below) states the case for such a standing commission. Press commentary on the issue appeared on Saturday 29 May. ‘The Age’ newspaper (link below) perceives that within Victoria ‘calls are getting louder for an overarching body to tackle the problem’. ‘The Australian’ (link below) notes that ‘The Premier has said he would not release the Proust Report on Monday, but would take time to consider the findings and deliver a response’.

UK Bribery Act passed – strict liability for bribery by corporations

On 9 April 2010 the UK parliament passed a new Bribery Act. The Act introduces various broad offences which include (but are not limited to) bribery of foreign public officials. Click below to access an article by Tim Robinson and Matthew Skinner from Allens Arthur Robinson, Sydney, about the new Act.

Federal FOI Reforms Passed

The Federal FOI reform bills – the Information Commissioner Bill and the Freedom of Information Amendment (Reform) Bill – were passed in May 2010, overhauling Freedom of Information law. For more information click on links below.

IBA launches Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession project with OECD and UNODC

The International Bar Association, the global association of lawyers, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has launched the ?Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession? project. This global initiative will raise awareness among legal professionals about existing international anti-corruption instruments and equip lawyers with the necessary tools and knowledge to identify, address and resolve potential threats to the integrity of the legal profession caused by corruption.